Softube’s Console 1 hardware/software plug-in control system has been given a software update that adds support for selected UAD Powered Plug-ins. The update is available for free if you own the first-generation Console 1 system as of February 16. Console 1 lets you quickly switch between tracks and control EQ, compressor, gate, and more, mixing with the sound of the included Console 1 SSL SL 4000 E emulation developed in collaboration with SSL. Now, thanks to the software update, you can also customise the channels to fit your needs with over 60 Console 1 system-ready plug-ins available from Softube and Universal Audio, adding brands like Chandler Limited, Fairchild, and Helios to the range of products that can be used with Console 1 systems — all pre-mapped and easily selectable from the Console 1 software, so no MIDI mapping is necessary.
Needless to say, Greg Westall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Universal Audio appears delighted with his company’s developmental proceedings: “Softube and Universal Audio share a lot of core values, like the importance of sound quality, ease of use, and a love for good music. Seeing that Universal Audio and Softube are longtime partners, and that Console 1 is a super-intuitive control surface, it all just makes so much sense.”
Softube President Oscar Öberg: “The concept of Console 1 has been extremely popular, and we haven’t been able to keep up with the demand. I’m excited that we finally are able to manufacture larger quantities of a Console 1 that’s not only better but also a lot more affordable.”